While catching up over the phone this week, we got to talking about the movie Parenthood and how many totally real, quotable scenes there are in it. Definitely one of those movies that stands the test of time.
Somehow, we started talking about the scene where Kevin, the oldest child, loses his retainer at the Chuck E. Cheese type place and Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen wind up digging through the trash to find it. As she points out, “Retainers are $200. If you dropped $200 in here you would look, right?”
Which, of course, got us talking about what we would dumpster dive to find if we lost it. Wallet. Definitely. Just trying to replace our license alone would be worth the thousand showers we would need to wash off the stench.
But phone? Would we go dumpster diving for a lost cell phone?
Picture this scenario:
You are eating a seafood restaurant. You finish your meal and leave. You realize halfway home that you forgot your phone on your table. When you go back you find out it has been thrown out with the garbage.
In a dumpster. With all of the trash from the last several days worth of catfish and crab leg specials.
The manager is sympathetic and tells you he knows that the 5 bags of trash near the top of the bin were the most recent bags thrown away.
He tells you that you are more than welcome to hop on in and take a look for yourself.
Now, this is your phone. Chances are it is a smartphone, so it is probably worth more than you would be willing to throw away. Or is it?
All your contacts.
All your apps.
Need to be replaced.
Pictures you have taken with your phone.
Do you climb in? Do you start tearing bags open left and right, digging through lobster tails and leftover cole slaw? Or do you give up and go home to call your cellular provider to order a new phone?
Also, it is you alone, by the way. Nobody is with you to bribe with special favors (i.e. your mate) or a year’s worth of Starbucks (i.e. your BFF) to dumpster dive for you.
You will be the only one days and multiple showers later still faintly smelling of fried flounder and oysters Rockefeller. However, if you dug through enough trash you may have found your phone, so at least you could use your saved contact list to vent about it to your best girlfriends!
Would you rather: replace your thrown away phone or dumpster dive to try to find it? P.S. I have noticed already that some of are you are suggesting trying to call the phone. I forgot to mention that your phone is on vibrate…because of course it is.